JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Wednesday reported 10,017 new COVID-19 cases, the first day since January the institute has reported more than 10,000 new infections.
Health authorities warned that South Africa could be facing a fifth wave in infections due to the BA.4 Omicron and BA.5 Omicron variants.
South Africa is the African continent with the highest number of coronavirus deaths and cases. It only experienced a fourth wave in January.
Experts predicted that a fifth wave might start in the northern hemisphere winter months sometime between May and June.
Just under 50 percent of South Africa’s adult population, which is roughly 40million, have had at least one dose COVID vaccine. 45% of all adults are fully vaccinated.
Officials have warned that vaccinations may be thrown away if the pace slows down in recent months.
At first, the campaign to immunize children was hampered by insufficient supplies. Later on it became a struggle with hesitancy.